GLENDALE AZ - JANUARY 18: Chris Mueller #53 and J.P. Dumont #71 of the Nashville Predators celebrate after Dumont scored his third goal of the game past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 18 2011 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
To help tide us all over now that the Preds' season is complete, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from the season gone by, working our way up to #1 on a daily basis.
"JP Dumont" and "Top" anything didn't typically go in the same sentence this season unless you're talking about bloated salaries, but the maligned winger who helped coin the saying "Dumont's Doghouse" did have one bright moment this season.
It looked like the same old story for the Predators early on during a January 18 game at Phoenix; Nashville jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Dumont and Hornqvist, but let the 'Yotes right back in it, and the game was tied at 2 apiece at the end of the first.
However this time would be different. Dumont tallied two more, Hornqvist added another just for good measure, and the Preds emerged from the desert victorious.
Many pundits and fans, myself included, believed Dumont would return to being a major offensive force for the team, as he had scored two goals in the previous game against Colorado, and followed up his hat trick with an assist. In the recap, Chris said "Speaking of Dumont, he's now scored five goals in two games, and seems to have regained some zip playing with two youngsters. If that's what it takes to get him going, then so be it - Dumont has the capability to be an important piece to the Predators' offensive puzzle, which he's proved in the last two games."
But Dumont went on to a 14-game pointless streak and, well, the rest is history.
This is not meant to be a Dumont-bashing session (for that, I direct you to his report card), but a chance to reflect on a moment when Nashville's resiliency, a common theme through the 2010-2011 season, came through in a big way and they were able to come away with an important win, and two points.
Highlights for your viewing pleasure: